Fit and Tanned? Wow!

We have been listening to our customers. They are telling us that the love getting fitter, leaner, faster and slimmer, but still worry about confidence showing off the new improved selves!


Well, with this mind, Orbus Leisure have joined forces with the UK’s leading tanning solution brand,  Creative Tan, to produce a Spray Tan Kit which will get you beach ready within 10 miutes. Yes, within 10 minutes you can get that beach ready look, whether you are planning for a distant trip or an important night out, your fitness regime has paid dividends and now the icing on the cake is that fantastic natural looking tan. Please check out the tanning section of the site for full details.


So why don’t you try one of these great new sunless tanning kits and combine it with a Creative Tan solution to match you needs. Your home fitness workout routine doesn’t need to end with you just feeling great; you can be looking great as well!

Tips for Getting the Most from your Treadmill

Purchasing a treadmill maybe the first step to a new you, but the results you will be looking for will need some on-going effort and commitment as well.

After your purchase, knowing how to get the most from your treadmill is the key to maximising results. Use the following simple tips as a start to ensure that you daily treadmill routine will have you on your way to meeting your fitness and weight loss goals in no time.

Establish routine

If you want to see results from this exercise equipment, you must first establish a daily treadmill routine. How long will you devote to the machine each day? When will you use it? Choose a time of day that you can commit to. Make it a habit.

Stick to a healthy diet

While exercise will help you get results, diet and exercise together can more than double your chances of getting the results that you are searching for. Along with daily devotion to your treadmill, choose to change your diet. Cut fat and sugar from your diet and use the machine daily and you will quickly begin to see a change.


Many people underestimate the benefits of stretching. Along with your daily treadmill routine, incorporating stretching into your schedule can give you a boost. Stretching reduces you chances of injury when using the machine and can also work to give you the flexible, tone body that you are working hard to get. Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes of your day stretching before you get onto the treadmill. You will quickly begin to see your body change as stretching and exercise being to change your life.

So, a treadmill is the perfect piece of equipment to aide you in losing weight and toning your body. Use these tips for getting the most from your treadmill listed above to help you get the maximum benefits from the machine. From establishing a treadmill routine to incorporating a daily stretching program, a treadmill can be the key to achieving the success that you have been waiting for.


Running – Increase stamina and endurance

Running – Increase stamina and endurance

For keen runners, or even for those less focused, it is more than often a goal to increase performance.

One of the best ways to do this is via a planned, targeted treadmill sessions. They focus being to split runs into dedicated sections which will push the boundaries and over time increase stamina and performance.

This can be done by creating three sections within your regular exercise. Each person will be different so setting speed levels and times will be something that can be trialled and perfected.

These sectioning technique are described a “Build up runs”. The idea centres on the bodies AT (Anaerobic Threshold). [Link]

They will start below the AT threshold and increase to above the AT threshold by the end. This will be challenging but will in time help you develop both speed and stamina.

As stated, this will need to be tailored to individual needs, and can be adapted as such, but a guided example could be as follows;

  • Start at 9-10 km/h and maintain this level for 10 mins.
  • Increase and maintain your speed at 11-12 km/h for the next 10 to 15 mins.
  • Finally, increase your speed again to 13 km/h for the last 10 mins.

It’s important to bear in mind that these increments of speed should only happen when and if you feel you can handle the additional pace. Do not increase pace if it means you will struggle and have to slow down prematurely.

As we said, tailor your own strategy and the results will come.


Cross Trainers can help prevent you from training too hard.

One of the most common mistakes people make when they first start exercising is to train too hard.

Training too hard in the beginning of your exercise program can lead to injuries and may encourage you to quit because you feel it’s too hard and not worth all the effort.

By giving you the ability to regulate the speed at which you exercise, cross trainers can help you avoid this common exercise mistake.

Some cross trainers are even sophisticated enough to monitor your heart rate while you are exercising.

What a great way to make sure you’re always training in the right heart rate zone!

How your diet can help you meet your Cardio Workout goals

Of course, we should always try and keep to a relatively healthy diet to sustain general good health, but if your exercise routine is mainly cardio based, you will need a balance of nutrients to get the most out of your efforts.

We should all be getting some level of cardio exercise on a regular basis, so if you are managing to do so, these are some thoughts on how we can give ourselves the best dietary support.
All basic cardio workouts, like treadmill, bike, cross trainer or rowing machine workouts need both carbohydrates and fat. As you exercise routines intensify, your body will take up both fats and carbs to provide much needed energy levels. Whole grains, vegetables, fruits and bean provide good levels of carbs. Healthy fats are provided by the likes of olive oil, nuts, avocado, eggs and salmon.

We digest different foods at different rates, so timing your meals or snacks is also important.

You should have a healthy meal 3 or 4 hours before a workout. If you are looking for something an hour or so before you start, then low-fat (and relatively low-protein) snacks are the way to go.

After your workout you will need to “refuel” energy stores to help your body recover. This will mean more carbs and also a protein boost. Again, if it’s been 4 or more hours since your last meal you should make time for another. If it isn’t that time yet, then another snack or protein bar is in order.

In essence, do you research on foodstuffs, make sure your timings are correct and consider your own personal ability to digest certain foods. A healthy, well planned and executed diet regime will certainly boost your performance and help you get the most from your cardio workout!

Should we all be buying Protein Shakes to stay fit?

SALES of protein shakes are booming, with celebrity bodies rather than muscle bound beefcakes leading the trend. Is this a fad, or a true necessity for a full and successful fitness regime?

In fact, experts will advise that a regular, light strength workout, combined with a well thought out diet is the most effective way to retain muscle definition and sustain long term weight control.

Already in the UK, in our daily diets, (source: The National Food Survey) women are generally eating around 65g of protein a day, which is 20g more than the recommended level. Similarly, men intake around 88g, which is over 30g more than the 55g required daily.

So, doesn’t this in fact show that protein shake supplements are not usually needed at all? Well, we do need protein for growth and to make and repair cells within our bodies, as we are not able to store reserves of protein. So we need to consume it daily, usually and traditionally as part of our regular diet, rather than via a shake.

Researchers in Denmark have revealed that milk is even more effective for controlling appetite than protein whey shakes. However at extreme training levels, undertaken by Olympic athletes for example, these supplements can make up shortfalls in what is effectively a much heightened need to protein. However for the casual gym goer, or those of us who just wish to stay trim, then sensible diet would be the easiest way forward, in combination with a regular fitness workout that you could design for your home gym, including the usual equipment such as a cross trainer, treadmill or exercise bike.

So, should we all be buying Protein Shakes to stay fit? The simple answer is no, but of course you can decide for yourself where you fit in the fitness world and if they may indeed be applicable to you!

Uplift in Interest Free Fitness Equipment Sales

With the economy still slow, and the emphasis moving towards easy payment options, there has been a sharp rise in 0% interest free sales within the fitness industry.

Orbus Leisure have shown a lead and as a result have seen significant growth in this areas, as it has developed ‘smart’ offers which allow its buyers to source higher quality, traditionally higher spend items, in a cost effect, spread-payment way.

This has been particularly well received by Treadmill and higher end Cross Trainer buyers, who can equate the low monthly payments to a standard gym membership scheme. The difference being that after 12 months they own a significant piece of equipment outright!

It also makes it so much easier to justify a trade up to a more expensive model, without the need for and associated worry of a singular high value payment being required.

These offers are not confined to these two pieces of fitness equipment exclusively, with other great deals showing in the Vibration plate, Rowing machine and Exercise Bike categories also.

Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer

The Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer enjoys a lofty position in the home fitness category.

Cost effective enough to be considered affordable, while large and sturdy enough to be classed as a higher end unit. Comparable units will often fall short on specification, design or build quality, which is why the XT4000 is considered one of the Best Buy Elliptical in the market today.

Like other models in the Orbus range, it incorporates an impressive back lit touch screen computer which displays clear, easy to read data and allows the user to enjoy a range or automatic programs or select a bespoke workout via a manual program mode.

It has a smooth 10kg flywheel, 16 levels of resistance and a capable 15 inch stride. It comes with the usual comprehensive 12 month warranty and has received rave reviews from novice users and more experience gym users. This product is more than cable of sitting in pride of place in your home gym, or is effective enough to be your dedicated piece of fitness equipment. A well rounded, high quality unit by any measure.

Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer

If you are looking for a low cost cross trainer to boost your fitness regime at home, then the Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer is one that can offer great stability and quality, yet remains within the “cheap cross trainer” bracket.

In fact, over the last two years the XT520 has become one the bests selling pieces of fitness equipment on the internet, with sales out stripping some of the more established brands.

Why is this? Well, it has a bigger than average 10.5Khg flywheel and great frame. It’s comfortable and simple to use and quiet and smooth in motion. Also, it allows for a healthy 120kg maximum user weight, which will cover most requirements.

All in all it offers great value and has become the trainer of choice for so many happy customers.

It is a manual machine, so unlike its sister machine, the Orbus XT501 Elliptical, it does not have the same programmability functions, but if you are simply looking to get on with some worthwhile basic elliptical training, to improve stamina, fitness and assist with weight loss, then this is the ideal model for most occasions. It also doesn’t need to be positioned near a power point, so can be used anywhere in the house, and with its integrated transport wheels can be moved with little fuss.

Overall a great buy, with great levels of customer satisfaction wrapped in a budget price level package.

Buy now with confidence at Elliptical Cross Trainers.

Today’s Top 3 Interest Free Offers

Following the announcement of the Interest Free offers launch on the web site, here are our top three 0% APR offers;

Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer.

Retailing at £599, discounted to £349, and now available from under £30 per month, over 12 months, this is one of the best value Cross Trainers on the web. With rave reviews and outstanding specification, this heavy duty, superior home use trainer is the must have pieces of equipment in any home gym.

Orbus Pro X9000 Treadmill

Retailing at £999, discounted to £549, and now available from under £42 per month, over 12 months this must be the ‘best buy’ running machine option available online today. It has such a gigantic spec and unrivalled build quality; why would you buy anything else? 

Horizon Oxford 4 Air Rowing Machine

At only £599 the Oxford 4 is one of the best recognised and best equipped rowers available anywhere in the world. Now available at under £45 per month, over 12 months we guarantee this is the best offer you will see anywhere on this iconic machine.

Buy Fitness Equipment on 0% Interest Free Credit

This week Orbus Leisure has announced a superb new development to revolutionise shopping on their web site. In conjunction with Pay4Later, one of the UKs leading finance brokers, we are introducing some great monthly payment offers on a range of new stock, with options starting at 0% APR with a full 12 months interest free credit. Further deals up to 2 year fixed rate terms are also available on most items.

There has never been a better time to invest in that home gym, with low regular repayments that equate to less than a few months gym membership!

Take a look at some of the unbeatable offers available now.

Orbus XT501 Elliptical Cross Trainer – One of the UK’s best sellers

Buying the right elliptical cross trainer is always a very difficult decision. The variations and costs available are when you look at the cross trainers for sale these days is just staggering, so how do you know where to start?

Well, if you are searching for a good home use piece of cardio fitness equipment, you could start by looking at what sells well; and considering exactly why this is the case. The Orbus XT501 is in fact one of the UK’s best-selling ellipticals, and has been so for the last few years at least.

It has developed over time with the introduction of an update touch screen computer, and increased programmability, but the overall build quality has always remained constant.

Its sales levels are testament to a comparison between this quality level, its functionality and of course the competitive nature of its pricing.  

If you are still unsure which way to go, then maybe it’s worth asking yourself if so many people can be wrong?

Free Vibration Plate?

If you have been recently considering which vibration plate to buy, then why not stop worrying for a while and see if you can get one for free instead?

Maybe we can help? There is just one more week to enter out twitter competition to win a super Orbus Power Vibe eTone vibration plate. It’s free to enter and will give one lucky winner a great start to their fitness campaign with the oscillating eTone Toning Plate.

You can find the competition on the Competwition web site. Good luck!

Health, Leisure, Fitness and Wellbeing Exhibition Calendar 2012/2013


The next few months see a great wealth of exhibitions showcasing the health and fitness industry. Here are some of the highlights, with links to the relevant sites.


18-20th September 2012, NEC Birmingham

Leisure Industry Week (LIW) has become the largest UK leisure exhibition dedicated to the whole leisure industry sector.

Highlighting the latest fitness equipment to indoor play, membership retention through to healthy eating, LIW covers all areas.


23rd – 24th September 2012, Olympia, London

Representing over 400 brands from all areas of the beauty industry, exhibiting the latest products and collections for 2012/2013.


28th – 30th September 2012, Olympia, London

With TaiChi, Belly Dancing, Pilates, Zumba, Yoga and Salsa all represented in an eclectic collection of complementary health, spiritual awareness and personal development. The event aims are to visitors develop a healthy mind, body and soul.


20th – 21st October 2012, NEC, Birmingham

A fantastic weekend of wellbeing, health, fitness. Get advice to help you feel better, look better and live better.


26th – 28th October 2012, Olympia, London

This exhibition offers a total yoga experience, with demonstrations, products and lectures. You can find everything you will need for yoga & pilates practice together with inspirational products for a healthy lifestyle.

THE 50+ SHOW 2013

1st – 2nd March 2013, Manchester Central

This age group is discovering new lifestyles and is seeking new ways to stay healthy, lively and well informed. Exhibitors with an interest in ‘mature’ markets come together under one roof.


21st – 24th March 2013, Earls Court, London

Vitality Show is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and well-being event for women, with free fitness and yoga classes, free food and health advice, demonstrations and classes. Learn how to get fit and stay in shape.

What is spinning?


You may understand what a spin bike is, and have seen rows of bikes lines up at the gym, but what actually happens in a spin class?

Well, for the uninitiated, spin bikes are simply indoor cycles, that closely resemble standard road bikes. The words ‘spin’ bike, or ‘spinning’ bike are registered trademarks, so are not descriptions sellers of indoor bikes can use without permission. That isn’t to say that indoor cycles, not described as ‘spin’, which are widely available, are of less quality, or provide less of a workout.

You standard ‘spin’ class will involve a motivational gathering, led by an instructor. They will lead the class through an imaginary ride, telling the class when to rise from the saddle as they approach a theoretical ‘hill’, when to accelerate and when to slow. Of course, the coach will work the class through a warm up and cool down period as well, but the main benefits people fond are that it can be greatly motivational to be pushed to your limits by the class leader, and some element of competitiveness can shine through, pushing motivation higher.

Of course, the class member will ultimately decide what level of ‘torcher’ (enjoyment) they will reach, as they will determine their effort and resistance levels, although the leader will encourage the class the move up and down through resistance levels during the workout.

The classes normally last between 30 and 60 minutes and are brilliant for those wanting a push, or as a good replacement for road work during the bleaker months!

Those who are looking for a more solitary experience can of course replicate this type of workout at home, with your own exercise bike. You would just need to bring your own motivation and imagination to make the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible.

So How do you Stay Healthy?

The biggest factor that will determine how long we live is not the genes you inherit, but the way we conduct ourselves during our lifetime.

A British Medical journal study suggested we could cut our chances of having a stroke by 50% by doing 3 simple things. Regular exercise, or activity, eating 5-a-day servings of fruit and vedge, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.

These are now all well know factors for the public at large, but let’s look at a list of check points that can make a real difference to health and give a guide to life expectancy.

1. Don’t rush to retire – evidence shows the drop off activity can be very detrimental to health. So once your working days are over stay as active as possible.

2. Floss your teeth regularly – yes, flossing can actually keep arteries healthy by reducing the bacteria that enters the blood stream

3. Don’t stay still – it’s all about movement and activity. Exercise, waking instead of driving, taking stairs instead of lifts, gardening (etc) are all ways to beat inactivity.

4. Have a healthy breakfast every day – fibre rich breakfast cereal can halt age accelerators.

5. Sleep well – 6 hours daily should be the minimum. This will help your body and cells stay regulated.

6. Enjoy whole foods, not supplements

7. Try not to be neurotic – easier said than done, but try yoga or meditation. Those that live longest tend to be more relaxed in general.

8. Be good to your body – a general life message worth heeding!

9. Routine is good – a study of centurions found that they are often creatures of habit, with regular sleep patterns and diets.

10. Interact – socially active people are less likely to be depressed and more likely to stay mentally alert.

11. Believe it or not, one of the best predictors of longevity is conscientiousness— you are more likely to stick to routines and regimes that are good for you.

How to avoid injury

Even top Olympians and Premiership football stars need to stretch before training; it’s a basic requirement to help ensure you can steer clear of injury.

Of course, some injuries are unavoidable, but pulls, strains and ‘tweaks’ can be avoided with some simple precautions.

You should always look at your exercise as a three stage process. Warm up – Exercise – Warm down.

Warm up

You can increase blood flow around the body, to increase flexibility of the muscles and muscle tissue, allowing free movement and reducing the possibility of wear and strain.

You can start your warm up with some very simple aerobics, such as light jogging for 5 or 10 mins on the road or treadmill. Then move onto some stretching. Again for 5 or 10 mins, concentrating on the correct areas.

Finally push the limits with some three quarter workouts, such as short sprints etc.


You should now be ready for your fitness exercise or competition.

Warm Down

Once complete, don’t forget to warm down. This can replicate the first two stages of the warm up, i.e. simple aerobics and stretching. This will allow the muscles to slowly cool and relax, again avoiding injury.

Fitness and Diet – Swap failure for Success

Choosing healthier foods to supplement you fitness training can be much easier than you think. Simply changing some old habits can make a huge difference you your health, wellbeing and waistline!

Let’s see what diet ‘swaps’ you can consider to make a crucial difference.

Try some simple, small changes when you plan your meals, or even when you reach into the fridge or cupboard for that quick snack. And by the way, don’t be afraid to snack. Our bodies are not designed to work on two or three big meals alone. Smaller portions, more often, really are a better rule.

Once you’ve got started, try thinking of your own healthier food swaps as well. Check food labels, as they can certainly help you to choose healthier options.

Let’s look at breakfast, lunch and dinner to see where a simple swap can make a lot of difference. Firstly of course, breakfast……do you even have breakfast? Well, we know we should! Anyway, let’s assume you do, so try some swapping at the start of the day.


• Whole milk –Swap for semi-skimmed or even skimmed milk.

• Sugar Coated Breakfast cereal – Swap for a wholegrain breakfast cereal such as porridge or shredded wholegrain wheat cereal, without added sugar.

• A sprinkle of sugar on your cereal? – Swap for a topping of fresh or dried fruit, which also counts towards one of your five a day.

•Full-fat yoghurt – Swap for fat-free Greek yoghurt or natural low-fat yoghurt.


• White breads of any type – Swap for wholegrain types.

• Butter and Cheese in you jacket potato – Swap for reduced fat spread and reduced salt and sugar baked beans.

• Tuna melt Panini – Swap for a tuna salad sandwich on wholemeal bread, without the mayo.


• Swap cream based or cheesy sauces for tomato or vegetable based alternatives to enjoy with your pasta, or meat and fish dishes.

• Forget adding whole milk and butter to your mash try a low fat spread and skimmed or at least semi-skimmed milk.

• Trim the fat from your meat or choose leaner cuts in the first place.

• Grill, don’t fry!

Overall, its all very straight forward; so just add dedication and will power and soon it will all fall into place.

Cross Trainer vs Treadmill

Running machines and cross trainers are the two most popular pieces of fitness equipment. And when people are looking for a superb aerobic workout, they will more often than not choose one or the other to complement their exercise equipment collection!

Elliptical Cross Trainers are relatively new to market, compared to Treadmills. Consequently, the treadmill is better known and has long been the number one choice. But which machine should you chose to give best performance and hence best value for money?

Quite simply, personal choice will outweigh most other aspects of the decision. Some people just love to run, whereas some prefer the lower impact cardio exercise a cross trainer can bring. In effect, this signifies the main difference. Treadmills, although nowadays commonly well cushioned, do affect higher impact on the body. Also, they are more limited ion respect of giving a whole body workout. Having said that, for the dedicated runner, they offer a true training experience, which will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

Elliptical Cross Trainers are impact free, and the dual handlebar and leg motion, which can be reversed, offers a broader whole body workout, whereas running machines focus on the lower body as they simulate outdoor jogging.

Interestingly, although both types of machine are excellent at burning calories and improving cardio respiratory health, because of the lower impact, cross trainers may burn more calories with effectively a reduced felling of ‘effort’.

Again, personal choice will lead most buyers, but if you are unsure, then the thoughts above provide a few aspects that may weight your judgement and are well worth considering.

Fitness and Health Gadgets

As we continue to strive to keep healthy, maintain regular fitness training, follow exercise plans and endure weight loss controlled diets, we all need as little motivation along the way.

Once way to maintain momentum is to add variation to your workouts. For example, using just one piece of fitness equipment can sometimes become repetitive, whereas circuit training and cross training can add the variety.

However, if you are the type of person who loves gadgets, then why not add a little high tech buzz to your planning, execution or analysis of your fitness levels? This can also be a great way to motivate.

If you are that gadget lover, then take a look at some of the most hyped fitness gadgets at CES 2012 (Consumer Electronics Show).

Knee Pain and Running?

We all know that running produces a high level of direct impact force on the body and joints. Well scientist have developed a space age method of reducing these forces, which allows professional athletes to train longer, harder and more frequently with minimal stress and recover from injury.

For us mere mortals, if we get knee pain when running, for example; then we need to look at other solutions. Maybe we need to consider better quality, better suited footwear. Take some good advice, and don’t be swayed by some heavy discount labels. They may not save you in the long run.

We can also move our training patterns, from a regular road run, to a cushioned deck treadmill workout. Or we can even move away to a different exercise that provides very low impact levels, such as Elliptical Cross Trainers, indoor exercise bikes, road bikes or rowing machines.

In reality, we should probably do a combination of both. Maybe combine different activities, but always be sure that footwear is adequate.

But for U.S. Olympic runner Jenny Simpson, the options were much more futuristic! Take a look at she used a zero gravity treadmill to help recuperate and train hard for the race of her life.

Paralympics Timetable


Is this one of the best summers of sport Great Britton has ever had? First the Euros, then the Olympics, then the start of the Football season, and now the Paralympics!

If you do need any inspiration to start your fitness training regime, to climb back onto your fitness equipment, be it a treadmill, cross trainer, exercise bike, or indoor rowing machine; or if you prefer, simply just to don some trainers and get out into the park, then this summer should have given you the push you may have needed.

Of course we wish the best of luck to all out Paralympic heroes. If you want to catch up on the events, you can find a great schedule which will timetable the coming events on the London 2012 Paralympics web site.

Mains Powered v Manual Cross Trainer

When choosing a new piece of exercise equipment for your home, you may have been looking at both Electrical, or Mains Powered Cross Trainers and Manual alternatives.

To explain, there really are only two simple differences. The ability to program the machine and use automatic programs, and how smooth the resistance change will be.

Mains driven machines are their powered from a standard mains socket, which means the computer can be much more flexible and dynamic. There will be a motor inside the flywheel cover which takes instruction from the computer, and automatically changes the resistance level. So, you will usually be able to choose an automatic program that will replicate undulating terrain, and increase and reduce the resistance as if you were going up and down hills and alike.

As the resistance change is electrical, the change is smoother than a manual machine. A simple analogy would be to compare an automatic car to a manual gearbox alternative.

The manual elliptical require usually a dial turn to alter resistance, so automatic computer programs are not possible.

So, which type of elliptical cross trainer is best? Well, of course you need to compare build specification, size, quality etc. Generally mains powered machines are of higher build spec, but not always. But in respect of the manual v electronic versions, then if you are experience and looking for some more dynamic training you may want the option of the extra programmability. If you are more of a novice, and wish to set a resistance levels then simply work away, then there is no reason why a manual machine, which is usually cheaper, would not suite your needs sufficiently.

So, the choice is yours!

How do vibration plates work?

Of the different types of vibration plate available, in general, oscillating plates seem to be better received by those who are not regular gym goers, but are looking to simple lose some weight and tone, or reduce cellulite. They are the gentler, but no less effective, alternative to vertical movement machines, such as Power Plate, and would definately be our recommendation for a beginner to vibration.

Whole body vibration plates (WBV) use vibrations create from a base platform which transfers movement from the feet upwards.

The effect of the vibration is that your body will attempt to ‘stabilise’ itself in direct competition with the vibration. In effect, your muscles keep you in balance, although don’t let that worry you, in reality you will not feel as if you are being thrown off the machine, as the movements are slight yet rapid.

Your muscle fibres contract around 30-50 times a second, burning fat and strengthening. As a whole  resulting in weight loss, reductions in cellulite and many other benefits which would include  boosting metabolism rates and improving circulation.

The term oscillating vibration plate trainers describes they type of movement produced by the platform, or base. An oscillating machine will move in see-saw type motion. So, to use a simple analogy, imagine if you were stood on a see-saw, with one foot either side of the centre, then at any time one foot would be moving down, whilst the other would move up. On an oscillating vibration plate this would only be a very small movement of about 10-12mm, described as the amplitude. So as we said, you will not get the feeling that you are being thrown around! In fact, it should only be the pounds that come off!

How much do you really know about Core Muscles?

We hear an awful lot about core muscles, and the benefit of having a strong core.

It’s not only when we are exercising that we use our core muscles; we need them all the time in everyday life. They provide strength and support for all of us, all the time. But often too many of us don’t really understand in detail about conditioning of the core, in respect of the reasons and the methods we can apply.

So, as well as your regular cardio busting workouts on a Treadmill or Cross Trainer, or your outdoor or indeed indoor bike rides, it is always advisable to dedicate some time to developing core strength, to enable us to be faster, stronger, less susceptible to injury and to be generally healthier.

There is a great report on the Sports Medicine web site that will enlighten you to all aspects of core strength, and advise how you can achieve a balanced level of strength and fitness. It’s an invaluable read to all budding athletes and fitness enthusiasts.